Nursery Rhymes

Old Chairs to Mend

The nursery rhyme 'Old chairs to mend' reflects the street cry of the chair bottomer. This cry would have been heard every day in the town streets of the 1700 and 1800's. The chair mender would carry with him the materials required to mend the bottoms or backs of chairs such as rush, splint, rope or cord. A nursery rhyme that commemorates an ordinary common job which would surely be lost in time if it were not for the humble Nursery rhyme.

 

Old Chairs to Mend
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

Old chairs to mend
Old chairs to mend;
If I'd as much money
As I could spend,
I never would cry
"Old chairs to mend"

Old Chairs to Mend
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history
 

 

 
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